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Connectedness Among Economic Policy Uncertainties: Evidence from the Time and Frequency Domain Perspectives

Cui Jinxin () and Zou Huiwen ()
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Zou Huiwen: School of Economics and Management, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou350116, China

Journal of Systems Science and Information, 2020, vol. 8, issue 5, 401-433

Abstract: This paper investigates the frequency connectedness among economic policy uncertainties of G20 countries using the novel frequency connectedness proposed by Barunik and Krehlik (2018) which can depict the dynamic connectedness not only over time but also across different frequencies. The empirical results obtained in this paper demonstrate that, firstly, the connectedness among economic policy uncertainties is significant, and the spillover effects during the financial crisis and the post-financial crisis period are stronger than the pre-financial crisis period. Secondly, the United States, France, and Australia are the main net-transmitters of the economic policy uncertainty spillovers while Brazil, Italy, Mexico, and Russia act as the main net-recipients of the spillovers. Thirdly, the major international events may significantly enhance the spillover transmissions of economic policy uncertainty among different countries, thus increasing the magnitude of the total connectedness. Finally, the economic policy uncertainty spillovers are mainly transmitted in the short term, i.e., 1∼4 months instead of longer time horizons in terms of the magnitude of the frequency connectedness measures. The findings of this paper not only have profound theoretical and practical significance but also provide several significant implications for the policymakers, supervision agents, international traders, and various investors.

Keywords: economic policy uncertainty; frequency connectedness; spillover effects (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.21078/JSSI-2020-401-33

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